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Vehicle Forfeiture for DUI in Columbus Ohio

If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI or OVI, police officers will conduct breathalyzer and other field sobriety tests. If you are intoxicated, an officer can immediately suspend your license and remove it from you on the spot. This is called an Administrative License Suspension. If you refuse field sobriety testing, your license is automatically suspended temporarily.

You will permanently forfeit your vehicle, by order of the court for your:

  • 3rd DUI offense within six years
  • 3rd offense or more of Driving under FRA suspension within five years
  • 2nd offense of a vehicle owner knowingly permitting a person whose license is suspended to drive their vehicle
  • 1st offense of driving a vehicle that is immobilized with license plates impounded.

With each subsequent conviction, the penalties become stiffer. Even if you were not involved in an accident, you could spend up to a year in jail, lose your car, have your license permanently revoked, and be subject to fines up to $10,000.

If you have been charged with DUI in Columbus Ohio, it is important to immediately retain a lawyer. The Columbus Ohio DUI lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer are familiar with DUI and DWI charges, the legal and scientific testing conducted, and the penalties for a conviction. Contact one of our attorneys if you are facing DUI charges in Columbus or throughout Ohio.

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